Senior Bailey Munday Most Valuable Wrestler (Luke Worley Award)
Big Walnut High School hosted the 16 team PJ’s Classic Wrestling Tournament. Senior Bailey Munday won his weight division (138 lb) and completed a sweep of the day. Bailey was named MVP by the visiting coaches.
Josh Halbakken and Bailey Munday won individual titles, with Munday nabbing tournament MVP honors in the process, to lead Big Walnut to a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s (Dec. 9) PJ’s Classic in Sunbury.
Cole Foster was also solid, nabbing runner-up honors in his weight class, while Max Lenz and Luke Apple each finished third.
Big Walnut Wrestling PJ’s Classic
Dublin Coffman- 205.5
Big Walnut- 126.5
Gahanna Lincoln- 124.5
Westerville Central- 84.5
Licking Heights- 71
Buckeye Valley- 70.5
Springfield Shawnee- 69
Paint Valley- 43
Jonathan Alder- 31
138- Munday (BW) tf Ranalli (She) 16-0
145- Barnett (She) tf Foster (BW)- 17-2
170- Halbakken (BW) dec. King (She) 3-0
Delaware Duals (Dec. 16)
The Delaware Hayes wrestling team had quite a weekend, winning four straight, including a 46-30 decision over Hilliard Davidson in the championship round, to take top honors at Saturday’s Delaware Duals.
The Pacers slipped past Northmor 36-35 in the first round of pool play, then picked up back-to-back wins over Amanda Clearcreek and Big Walnut in the second and third to punch a ticket to the first-place match.
Hayes beat the Aces 53-27 and the Golden Eagles 52-18.
“I was impressed with the boys’ toughness,” Delaware coach Josh Heffernan said. “We emphasized three things last week in practice: two were technical things and the third was toughness. The boys brought all three to the tournament.
We’re a young team. We start two seniors and two juniors … the other 10 are sophomores and freshmen. But what we lack in experience and technique, we made up for in toughness. Sometimes, in this sport, toughness is enough.
“We have a lot to work on, but I love this group’s attitude and effort.”
Hayes was led by freshman Tamas Elder (106), junior Jacob McCloskey (182) and senior Zane Hypes (195). All three went a perfect 4-0.
Big Walnut was also in action, finishing eighth with an 0-4 record. The Golden Eagles, in addition to their loss to the Pacers, fell to Amanda Clearcreek 60-18, Northmor 54-16 and Bishop Hartley 34-33.
Big Walnut did have its share of highlights, though, as Bailey Munday (132/138) and Cole Foster (138/145) both finished a perfect 4-0.
Davidson (3-1) finished second in the final team standings while Northmor (3-1), Springboro (2-2), Amanda Clearcreek (2-2), Northmont (1-3) and Hartley finished in spots two through seven.
Buckeye Valley at Bull Dog Invitational
Cam Hurt and (126) and Ethan Szanati (113) won individual titles with solid performances at Saturday’s Bull Dog Invitational.
Also: Olentangy Liberty 1st at Liberty Classic; Olentangy 10th in North Canton Holiday Tournament.
Big Walnut falls to Westerville South 1,847 – 1,737
The Girls fell to South 1,847-1,737 on Dec. 13. Kaitlyn Morrison led all girls with a 395 series followed by South’s Taylor Knox’s 369.
The Big Walnut Girls defeated Worthington Christian last week 1813-1725. They were led by Anna Tanner’s high game of 194 and Ale Hernandez’s career high of 163.
Beechcroft 1,738; Big Walnut 2,113
Next Contest: 12/12/17 vs Gahanna – Capri Lanes
Buckeye vs. North Union
The Buckeye Valley bowling teams suffered a pair of setbacks Monday (Dec. 11) as both fell to visiting North Union. The girls were competitive early, but couldn’t cash in on spare opportunities down the stretch in an 1,880-1,774 loss.
“Spares win championships,” BV coach Madonna Wells said. “We were only down 12 pins after the regular games, but couldn’t pick up spares when we needed to and fell behind quickly.”
Fiona Tseng and Bree Hall led the Barons. Tseng had games of 157 and 169 while Hall had efforts of 146 and 180. Tara McClure (323 series) smoothed out the team’s top three.
In boys’ action, Grant and Cameron Mirka had solid showings, but it wasn’t quite enough as BV fell 2,002-1,664.
Grant finished with games of 160 and 130 while Cameron had games of 126 and 152.
“The boys are building, but we still have a lot of room to grow,” Wells said.
Viking Splash Invite – 2017
Hosted: Northridge High School
Location: New Albany HS
December 2, 2017
Teams: Mount Vernon, Northridge, Watkins Memorial, Newark, Heath, Mt. Gilead, Licking Heights, Oakstone Academy, Lakewood, Newark Catholic, Licking Valley, Johnstown
Big Walnut Boys Placed 3rd overall – scoring 229 points
Big Walnut Girls Placed 7th overall – scoring 114 points
Next meet is against Heath HS in Newark on December 16th.
Patrick Mahoney won the 100 butterfly and Graham Weidenhamer picked up first-place points in the 100 breaststroke to highlight Olentangy Orange’s weekend.
The Pioneers finished second to St. Charles, last year’s district champs, 339.5-138.5 Saturday (Dec. 9) in Columbus.
Natalie Johnson won the 100- and 200-meter freestyles, Erika Knodel won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, Sydney Robare secured top honors in the 500 freestyle, Kali Butler won the 100 backstroke and Emma Logan won the 100 breaststroke as Olentangy Orange tied Columbus School for Girls, last year’s Division II state runner-up, 184-184 in a non-league dual Dec. 9 in Columbus.
Results from Hayes on 12/9 has not been determined.
Next Meet: 1/3 vs Westerville Central
Olentangy Orange 4, Dublin Coffman 1; Olentangy Liberty 4, New Albany 0; Olentangy 4, Dublin Coffman 2.
Brian Shelton contributed to this story.